The Perfect Will of God
Introduction: "Will of God" sometimes denotes God's sovereignty (Rom. 15: 32). The "will of God" may simply suggest God's desires in a set of circumstances (2 Pet. 3: 9). Man's will and God's will are often different (cp. Jn. 5: 30). God's will, though, is indeed perfect. " that ye may prove," Paul writes, "what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Rom. 12: 2).
I. Perfection seen in its understandability.
A. Imagine the task of providing all men with a book that can be understood by all and all alike. Paul wrote, "Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ" (Eph. 3: 4).
B. Jesus promised that all who desire to understand shall (Jn. 7: 17).
C. The fact of religious unity being required in indicative of the word of God (his will) being able to be universally understood (Rom. 12: 2, cp. Eph. 4: 3 ff.).
II. Perfection seen in the fact that Jesus submitted himself.
A. Jesus said, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work" (Jn. 4: 34).
B. Jesus is the sinless Son of God, God incarnate (Heb. 4: 15, Col. 2: 9).
C.Notwithstanding, he acquiesced to the Father's will. Jesus said, " I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me" (Jn. 5: 30). Jesus expressly came to earth to do the will of the Father (Jn. 6: 38).
III. Perfection seen in the priority and effects of God's will.
A. Jesus said, " thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6: 10). God's will must have priority in our lives.
B. Our attitude is to be, "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that" (Jas. 4: 15).
C. There is great reward in doing God's will (Jn. 7: 17; 9: 31; Heb. 10: 36; I Jn. 2: 17).
Conclusion: It is God's will that none perish, but repent (2 Pet. 3: 9). God's will is perfect and man is better off submitting to God's will than in rebellion to it.